By Brian Ives
Paul Stanley of KISS (Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Paul Stanley of KISS (Paul Kane/Getty Images)

“The day started off well,” Paul Stanley said, with uncharacteristic understatement.

He was, of course, referring to the fact that he woke up to the news that KISS, at long last, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stanley called into Los Angeles’ K-EARTH (a station) this morning, originally to discuss L.A. KISS, the Arena Football League team that he and bandmate Gene Simmons co-own, but naturally the conversation was dominated by the news of the Rock Hall induction.

Speaking with morning show hosts Gary Bryan and Lisa Stanley, the KISS guitarist was clearly excited about the honor, despite the fact that he and Simmons have been critical of the Rock Hall in recent years. To be fair, they have been passed over for induction for over a decade, eligible for induction since 2000.

“As much as we might have questioned the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over the years,” Stanley said, “they’ve come to see things our way.”

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Losing just a bit of his trademark bravado, Stanley noted, “It’s very cool, there are some people there who were working very hard, and championing us.”

He credited the band’s induction to a younger voting body, or at least to newer voters.

“There are a lot of great people who are behind the scenes now, and they seem to have taken control. Let’s not call it ‘the old guard,’ but certainly there are people who have been there a while. And there are newer people who are voting, and clearly, their opinion has been different (than the ‘old guard’). A lot of people wanted to see us in it, and who am I to argue?”

Stanley then ended the interview, as he had to get ready to see his daughter in her school play. Coincidentally, he said he’d be seeing fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee-to-be Dave Grohl there, as the ex-Nirvana drummer’s daughter is also in the play.

KISS and Nirvana will both be inducted, along with Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 10, 2014. Tickets will be available to the public, and the show will air on HBO in May.


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